Even though most people know the importance of general car maintenance, they still miss checking their tires until one goes flat. During winter, tires take a beating from potholes and bumpy, icy roads. It’s very important to have your tires inspected to see if they need repair or replacement in the spring. If they are in good condition you can be assured to have safe spring travels. It is important to check tires before each trip to make sure they are at least inflated. A complete inspection includes checking tire pressure, tread, and wear pattern. If the inflation is low, it may be due to a puncture in the tire. Only trained professionals should repair tires to guarantee safety and a lasting solution.
Tire Repair or Tire Replacement
Repairing a tire is great because it can be completed for a fraction of the cost to replace one. Even though there is financial savings in repair, it is not always the best choice. To determine if a repair is possible, you need to take a look at where the puncture area is. Only punctures in the tread area should be repaired. If a repair is beyond the tread area or on the sidewall then the tire should be replaced. For safety sake, do not make or allow a repair to those areas. The size of the repair is also important. Damage from a puncture should not be more than ¼ inch in diameter; otherwise it’s unsafe to complete the repair. Don’t get a tire repaired if the treads are less than 1/16 inch. There’s no sense in repairing a tire that shouldn’t be on the road in the first place. If the treads are less than 1/16” then the tire isn’t safe for road use.
Proper Tire Repair
Make sure that the professional repairing your damaged automobile tire removes the tire from the rim in order to properly complete the repair. Proper repairs require both a plug and a patch to the damaged area. A patch cannot be applied if the tire is not removed from the rim. During a proper repair, a plug is inserted to fill the puncture and then a patch is applied to the inner liner to prevent air loss. Additionally, the inner liner should be thoroughly inspected for damage that may not be visible from the outside. Don’t overlap repairs. If a new puncture is in the same place as an existing repair then the tire should be replaced. Don’t have it repaired. Depending on the type of tire you have, there may be some other limitations or restrictions on repairs. Be sure to take your damaged tire to a professional for tire repair or tire replacement.
Tire Repair Kit
Tire repair kits are available in most auto parts stores, but are they effective and safe to use? There are two types of kits: tire plugs and tire patches. Each type offers an assortment that range from professional grade to consumer grade. Some professional grade kits are able to repair holes in the shoulder and the crown of the tire. The problem with repair kits is that they are very temporary, allowing you just enough time to make it to a mechanic for a professional tire repair. There are some consumer grade kits that advertise that they can provide a permanent seal, but it is highly recommended that you have a professional repair your tire. When it comes to your safety, your passengers and others on the road, you do not want to cut corners or take shortcuts.